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From: "Braddy" <>
Subject: Re: [GA-ROOTS] Question on divorce in early Georgia records
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:29:36 -0400
It was not entered on the county records as final until the State
Legislature passed the Act; the divorce complaint or suit was entered in the
records, but each divorce suit became an Act and had to be passed. If they
did that today, the Legislature would be in session all the time, wouldn't
they? My paternal grandmother acquired a divorce from her first husband in
1917; she told me it took a year to obtain the final decree so she could
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Subject: [GA-ROOTS] Question on divorce in early Georgia records
> Do any of you know when a divorce was final in early Georgia? Was it when
> it was entered into the county records or was it after the State
> had acted on it?
> In the Elbert County records this particular divorce was shown to be
> brought up in the April 1816 session. However the State Legislature did
> not act on
> it until the Nov Dec Session 1816.
> The act from the state says that from and after the passing of this act,
> the civil contracts of matrimony are hereby declared to be completely
> dissolved and annulled. Approval Date: Assented to, 13th December, 1816
> A man by the same name as the one being divorced married in Sept 1816.
> Could it have been the same man? Perhaps he didn't know or didn't care if
> divorce was final or not. He had a son by the same name and we are trying
> determine which man it was that married.
> Thanks for any input.
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